Olaf Breuning

Born in 1970 at Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Lives and works in New York






2019  “Faces”, Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife


2018  “Chicken or Pasta?”, Galería Revolver, Buenos Aires


2017  “Quiet Afternoon”, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich

         “Olaf Breuning”, Downstairs Project, New York, US (upcoming)

         “Olaf Breuning”, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, JP (upcoming)

         “Olaf Breuning”, Metro Pictures, New York, US


2016  “Cold Animals”, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen

         “Olaf Breuning”, Carbon 12, Dubai, AE

         “Olaf Breuning”, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK

         “Retrospektive”, NRW-Forum, Duesseldorf, DE (ongoing)


2015  Life, Metro Pictures, New York, US

         Olaf Breuning, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, US

         Home 1-3, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, NO


2014  Clouds, Public Art Fund, Friedman Plaza, New York, US

         Groups, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, IL

         Do Not, Art Cube, Artist Studios Jerusalem, IL


2013  Lightness of Being, NY

         Home 3 Screening, The Modern Institute Oxford, Oxford, UK

         Home 3 Screening, ICA London, London, UK

         Home 1/2/3, Metro Pictures, New York, US

         Camelops Femina, Carbon 12, Dubai, AE

         The Grid, Paul Klee Museum, Bern, CH

         Home 3, IMA Brisbane, Brisbane, AU


2012  Home 3 Screening, Swiss Institute, New York, US

         Home 2, IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU

         Human / Nature, Box, Pippy Houldsword Gallery, London, GB


2011  Art Freaks, Metro Pictures, NY

         Art Freaks Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR

         Art Freaks, Kodama Gallery, Kyoto, JP


2010  Olaf Breuning, Nicola von Senger Gallery, Zürich, CH

         Art in The Park VI, Baur au Lac Park, Zürich, CH

         Box People, Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Chapelle du Geneteil, FR

         Marilyns, Nils Staerk Gallery, DK

         Yes? No?, KunstMuseum Luzern, Luzern, CH


2009  Small Brain, Big Stomach, Metro Pictures, New York

         Color Studies, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA

         Life is a Wheel, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, JP

         Color Studies, Kodama Gallery, Kyoto, JP

         Olaf Breuning, Langhans Gallery, Prague, CZ


2008  At least I tried, Metro Pictures, New York,

         OMG, Conduits Gallery,  Milan, IT

         Sand Sculpture, Art Projects for Miami Basel, Miami Beach, FL

         Home 2, Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, CH


2007  Migros Museum, Switzerland

         Olaf Breuning, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich, CH

         Olaf Breuning, Migros Museum, Zürich, CH

         Woman and Dead, Bunker Sztuki, Krakow, PL

         Olaf Breuning, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, JP

         Home, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, AU

         Home, Gertrude, Melbourne, AU


2006 Olaf Breuning, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Metro Pictures gallery, New York 

         Olaf Breuning, Gianni Motti, Cindy Sherman, galerie Nicola von Senger,      Zürich –CH jsq. 27.05.06 

         This and that and snowmen with carrot noses, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art,        Kobenhavn –DK jsq. 

         Olaf Breuning:Home, Sketch gallery, London –UK 


2005 Chinatown Objects, Metro Pictures, New York –USA  

         Queen Mary, Air de Paris, Paris –F   

         They Live, Chapter Visual Arts, Cardiff –UK* 

         Oh yes... it is a garden !, Chisenhale gallery, London –UK 

         Home, Kunst-Büro, Lupiod Lounge, Munich -G  

         Meyer & Kainer gallery, Vienna –A  

         Home, galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich –CH * 

         Kodama Gallery, Osaka -J 


2004 Niels Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen –DK  

         Kodama Gallery, Tokyo -J 

         The New Stedelijk Museum CS/ Auditorium, Amsterdam -NL 

         Olaf Breuning-vidéos, Association EDV, Toulouse -F 

         Olaf Breuning-films, La Casa Encendida, Madrid -S 

         Home, Metro Pictures, New-York –USA 

2003 Under the Bridge, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg –F* 

         Home, Magasin-Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble –F* 

         Museo Garillo Gil, San Angel, Mexico –M 

         Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel -S 

         Hello Darkness, Arndt & Parnter, Berlin -D 


2002  Hello Darkness, Swiss Institute, New York -USA 

         Ars futura Galerie, Zurich -CH 


2001  Imagespassages, Annecy -F 

         King, Galerie Meyer & Kainer, Wien -A  

         King, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin -D 

         Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg -CH 

         Artspace, Auckland -New Zealand  

         Galerie Metro Pictures, New York -USA 

         Swiss Institute, New York, -USA 

         Only One, Air de Paris, Paris -F 

         Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Manor-Kunstpreis 


2000  Ugly yelp, Ars Futura Galerie, Zürich -CH 


1999  Woodworld, Centre d‘art contemporain, Geneva -CH 

         They live!, arsFutura Galerie, Zürich -CH 


1998 Woodworld, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus* 

         Schlund/Chris Croft, Kunsthalle St.Gallen, St Gallen* 


1997  Waldfest , BINZ39, Zürich -CH 


ns of the Permanent Collection,”
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “En Sus Marcas,” curated by Rebeca Noriega (catalogue)
Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Alogon,”
Samson Projects, Boston, MA, “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know” (with Neutral Capital Collection)



El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, “5th Bienal, The (S) Files / The Selected Files," curated by Elvis Fuentes 
Andrea Rosen Gallery, Amagansett, NY, “Dining Room Show,” 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, “Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron,” 
Ziehersmith, New York, NY, “Someday Never Comes,” curated by Eddie Martinez
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, “Cerca Series (With Neutral Capital Collection)” Travels to: Lui Velazquez Gallery, Tijuana, Mexico
Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, "New Labor (with Neutral Capital Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA, “Unfinished Paintings,” 

curated by Joshua Aster and Kristin Calabrese, June 16 – August 28The Xchange, New York, NY, “Passport to the Arts,” sponsored by The New Yorker



Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain, “VAC colección Valencia arte contemporáneo,” 

December 21 – February 11, 2007 (catalogue)
Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Farewell to Icon,” curated by Karl Haendel and Maya 

Schindler, November 4 – December 22
Deste Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, “Panic Room: Works from the 

Dakis Joannou Collection,” curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Kathy Grayson
Centro Cultural Español, Miami, FL, “Constant Disturbance,” curated by Jean Moreno Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico, "Berezdivin Collection," curated by Julieta Gonzalez 




Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Looking at Words: Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper,” November 2 – January 4, 2006 

Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico, “1993-2005: Art of Puerto Rico in the Berezdivin Collection,” curated by Julieta Gonzalez, September 1 – May 1, 2006 

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, “Monster Painting,”
The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, “2005 Core Artists in Residence,"
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Curvaceous,”




Mixture Gallery, Houston, TX, “Summer Drawings and Some Are Not,” curated by Lisa Cooley The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, “2004 Core Artists in 

Glandier & Byrne, Paris, France, “American Violence: Peter Saul, José Lerma & Charles Andriessen”
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Sadie Hawkins Dance,” 




EX Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico, “No Pasa Un Dia...,” curated by Guillermo Santamarina (catalogue) 

Los Medanos College, San Francisco, CA, “Dinosaurs; Artists Look Back Into the Future” Galeriá Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Ensayo”
7/3 Split and M&M Proyectos, Chicago, IL, “Stray Show” 




M&M Proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “PR02 [En Ruta],” curated by Michelle Marxuach, October 6 – October 13 

Fortaleza 302, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Primeras Obra”



HUB Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, “Teeter-Totter” 

Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA, “Catapult,” March – June



Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, “Artists of the New Millennium,” August 18 – October 29 
NFA/Sportsman Bodybuilder, Chicago, IL, “Multiples 4” University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, “Peaceable Kingdom” Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI 

1999 Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, “Wisconsin Triennial”
Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI, “Secrets about Goo,”